The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has begun the process of stripping Cedar Wood Living Center in Lawrence of its state license after two inspections found that the facility has deficiencies that adversely affected resident care.
Gerald Block, KDHE director of field services, said the state is currently in the process of denying the facility a state license.
Block said the decertification came about because the nursing home, located at 205 N. Mich., failed the two recent inspections.
Bill Anderson, an attorney with KDHE, said Cedar Wood has appealed the order revoking the nursing homes' license. He said no date for a hearing on the appeal has yet been set.
THE FIRST inspection at Cedar Wood, which is owned by Adventist Living Centers Inc., took place in mid-July. State officials found 12 violations including the home's failure to notify physicians of significant changes in residents' health, a lack of nursing service and failure to provide daily personal hygiene for residents. After the inspection, KDHE issued a ban on new admissions to the home.
In a second inspection in early August, state officials said all but two of the violations were corrected, but the ban on admissions was continued.
Cedar Wood is currently up for sale. And Block said if the sale goes through, issues that led to the state decertification would be resolved.
Block said the decertification would have no effect on the new owner, although the nursing home would be subject to regular state inspections.
NANCY BROOKS, administator at Cedar Wood, said she expects a sale to Jack Ferguson of Independence, Mo., to go through by Oct. 1.
Brooks also said she feels deficiencies at the nursing home, which currently has 32 residents, have been corrected. She said Block told her that another inspection would be made.
She said the attempt by the state to revoke the facility's license "is a process they have to go through because of the ban on admissions. We didn't have everything corrected."